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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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History you do not want to miss in Southeast Georgia

This knot only an inviting and engaging historic site, it is a great opportunity to observe life... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2016
Mary F
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Brunswick, Georgia
Ranger Andy

Very well-preserved Rice Plantation dating back to the early 19th Century. Docent "Ranger Andy... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2016
John P
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913.The enterprising siblings of the fifth generation at Hofwyl-Broadfield resolved to start a dairy rather than sell their family home. The efforts of Gratz, Miriam and Ophelia Dent led to the preservation of their family legacy. Ophelia was the last heir to the rich traditions of her ancestors, and she left the plantation to the state of Georgia in 1973.A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A brief film on the plantation’s history is shown before visitors walk a short trail to the antebellum home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the home as Ophelia kept it with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese china. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. A nature trail that leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.
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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

This knot only an inviting and engaging historic site, it is a great opportunity to observe life and lifestyles in the 19th century in Southeast Georgia. Both middle school age children and above will find this site delightful and wonderful learning experience.

Thank Mary F
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Very well-preserved Rice Plantation dating back to the early 19th Century. Docent "Ranger Andy" was rich with stories of the last two ladies in this multi-generational line who owned, ran and bequeathed the plantation to the State of Georgia. Walking the grounds gave a sense...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2016

We visited just before thanksgiving, sadly the ranger who would have given the your, had a day off, so a volunteer stood in. I never heard the rangers tour, so I can't compare. The volunteer was a delight and was able to give us her...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

A very sort detour of I-95, in Brunswick, is the a beautiful live oak tree covered rice Plantation and summer home of a wealthy Savannah family. The history is preserved from slavery through post civil war reconstruction and the generations of women who fought to...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Definitely worth a visit. Short distance off Highway 95. Great historical location to learn more about the economics of slavery in relation to the rice culture of the South between 1800 - 1915. Five generations of one family lived on this land and interesting to...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful plantation, beautiful city... great staff and great guide... a historical must see! Lots of bugs!!

Thank Jovanca2005
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

A rice plantation on the altamaha River basin near Darien. There is a small museum, a seventeen minute film, a plantation house with original furniture and other buildings. The house guide, Andy, was very knowledgeable and ladies in the museum were great. They have special...More

Thank Shere2014
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Hofwyf Broadfield Plantation is a great historical site. It demonstrates the positive impacts of Aftriian-Americans on early rice trade of our Nation. It also shows the economic impacts of labor. The highlighted the misperceptions of landowners versus the realities of this labor intensive agricultural industry....More

Thank Thomas A
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The grounds are stunning and the tour guide was wonderful. I suggest wearing bug repellant and walking the marsh trail.

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful, rich in history. Worth the trip . We set aside an hour and 2 hours quickly went by. Very informative staff. Highly recommend this to anyone.

Thank Scott F
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kayliepark2
11 December 2017|
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Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Prior to the Civil War in the 1850's, though we cannot give an exact date.
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spazen34
26 November 2017|
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Response from GrannyKirk21 | Reviewed this property |
The house has stairs but anywhere else you should be fine. Great program and staff who will be accommodating
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mcdrescher
19 October 2017|
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Response from 285jessed | Reviewed this property |
You would only be allowed to stop and picnic by paying the entrance fee. I did go one day to just have a walk in the park area, only to be told I would have to pay entrance! Good luck! Or try Mary Ross Park near downtown... More
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